WRIGHT TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A former band director and music teacher from Luzerne County is facing serious charges Monday night.
He is accused of having inappropriate relations with a student in 2019.
Investigators say that 38-year-old Theron Roberts had inappropriate contact with a female student and then allegedly threatened the girl if she told anybody about what he did. The arrest has people talking.
“It is upsetting to hear that the line between teacher and child has been crossed. Absolutely it’s upsetting,” parent Heather Ramsey said.
And the I-Team heard that over and over again from parents reacting to the arrest of Roberts. Roberts was charged Monday with alleged inappropriate contact with a female member of the Crestwood High School marching band.
Roberts as he turned himself in Monday morning at district court in Mountain Top. He was Crestwood’s band director and a music teacher from 2016 to 2019. According to the criminal arrest affidavit, the victim told detectives that Roberts would touch her in ways that made her feel uncomfortable in the fall of 2019 when she was between 14 and 15 years of age.
Some of that alleged contact she says took place on Crestwood school property and the band room. According to court documents Roberts alleged threatened her “if she told anyone what he did that he’ll make her pay, that she would regret it.”
Crestwood School District Superintendent Rob Mehalick tells the I-Team they took action as soon as they were made aware of the allegations.
“It is always a sad day when an educator is alleged to have hurt a student. We have become aware in October of 2019 of the allegations. We immediately placed the teacher on paid leave. We conducted an internal investigation. In spring of 2020 he was immediately terminated,” Mehalick said.
Mehalick says Monday’s charges have prompted reaction from students.
“At this time, our focus is on our students and school community. We are here to assist any student that may be impacted with this news today. Provide any assistance that we can to help them through this,” Mehalick said.
For parents like Ramsey, these allegations should serve as a wake-up call to parents everywhere.
“What we can do for our children is always be involved. These kind of situations do happen and they are prevalent in today’s society and really do our best to equip them with how to react in these situations when they are basically preyed upon,” Ramsey said.
Roberts faces four charges including indecent assault and corruption of minors. He had no comment on the charges when he turned himself into police Monday. He is free on $25,000 unsecured bail.
He will have a hearing in February. He faces at least 10 years in prison if convicted on these charges